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Iranian officials, Interpol meet on Argentine's blast

Paris, Jan 23, IRNA - A meeting was held in the city of Lyon, France, Monday evening between Iranian officials and the International Police (Interpol) on the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires.

The meeting was held to enable parties to present documents on the explosion of the Jewish center.

Another meeting is to be held today by officials of Iran and Argentina and representatives of Interpol.

The documents submitted in the meeting are to help Interpol in deciding whether to pursue warrants of arrest it had issued for persons suspected of involvement in the blast.

A truck laden with explosives leveled the seven-story Argentine Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA) building, a symbol of the country's Jewish community and Latin America's largest, on July 18, 1994. Some 85 people were killed and more than 200 others were wounded in the blast.

Argentine Judge Rodolfo Canicoba Corral, under pressure by US and Zionists, had issued warrants of arrest for a number of former Iranian officials for alleged involvement in the 1994 bombing of the Jewish community center.

The Islamic Republic of Iran has rejected all accusations and warned of a possible break in relations.

Tehran has also warned Argentinian judicial officials that it would file similar charges against Buenos Aires officials if they insist on pursuing the international warrants of arrest issued by Interpol against Iranian officials.

A judge previously charged with investigating the case has been dismissed from all judicial responsbilities as he was found to have accepted bribes and of misleading the judicial inquiry.

The Islamic Republic of Iran in 2004 handed a series of documents to Interpol based on which the Interpol froze all its international warrants against Iranian officials.

The suspension by Interpol of the warrants was opposed by Buenos Aires and final decision on the warrants was referred to Interpol's annual general assembly session in Berlin in September 2005.

The Berlin meeting, after studying the documents presented by Iran, suspended the Interpol warrants of arrest issued against 12 Iranian nationals.

The head of Interpol, after the meeting, decided that since Argentine Judge Galliano, who had issued the arrest warrants for 12 Iranian nationals, was found to have received bribes and had misled officials handling the investigation process, nullified all charges against the Iranian nationals alleged to have been involved in the explosion.

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